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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 20 January 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander
Operator:Xcel Aviation
Registration: ZS-NAT
C/n / msn: 2158
First flight: 1986
Engines: 2 Allison 250-B17C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Dawlatabad District, Balkh Province (   Afghanistan)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander sustained substantial damage in a forced landing in the Dawlatabad District of Balkh Province in Afghanistan. Both crew members survived.
The airplane, equipped with geophysical survey equipment, sustained substantial damage when the undercarriage broke away during a forced landing on sandy terrain.

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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